Mather Hospital Names 2011 Theodore Roosevelt and Community Award Winners
June 6, 2011
John Chumas, MD, Maria Arlinda Dias, PhD, and Richard S. Litman, MD, have been selected to receive Theodore Roosevelt Awards from Mather Hospital. TRITEC Real Estate is the special Community Honoree.
The awards will be presented October 14 at Mather Hospital’s 46th annual One Enchanted Evening gala, a fundraiser to benefit the Fortunato Breast Health Center and breast cancer treatment at Mather Hospital.
The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council created the Theodore Roosevelt Awards more than 50 years ago to honor those who demonstrate exceptional volunteer commitment to a member hospital and their community.
John Chumas, MD
Dr. Chumas has served as the Medical Director of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services at Mather Hospital since 2002. He is the physician liaison for many services and committees, plays a critical role in establishing policies for Transfusion Services and actively participates in the Blood Utilization Committee. Dr. Chumas is also the Tumor Board Coordinator and is responsible for the presentation of cases at the weekly Tumor Board and the bi-weekly Breast Cancer Conference. He is a major contributor to the Cancer Committee which oversees the Cancer Program accreditation bestowed by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer.
Dr. Chumas, who lives in Port Jefferson, also is an important member of the Breast Program Leadership Committee, which ensures that our breast cancer program complies with the standards for accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. A graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his fellowship in surgical pathology at Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he practiced in the departments of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology for seventeen years, ultimately as a tenured associate professor.
The author of more then 50 papers and abstracts, Dr. Chumas has lectured widely for the Suffolk County Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Pathology Society, and Suffolk County Society of Pathology.
Maria Arlinda Dias, PhD
Dr. Dias has been a chairperson and an active fundraiser for the Fortunato Breast Center at Mather Hospital for more than 10 years. A mental health specialist who works in private practice in the Mount Sinai community, she specializes in the application of cognitive-behavior therapy in the treatment of adolescent and adult anxiety, depression, couple therapy and addiction. Dr. Dias received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook University in San Francisco.
A resident of Port Jefferson, Dr. Dias conducts professional lectures and seminars throughout Long Island and volunteers her services, providing training and guidance for patients and families who are coping with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. She also served as president of the ESL program at Newfield High School, supporting students for whom English is a second language; a board member at Psych Systems of Long Island in Smithtown; and clinical director of AHRC in Westhampton.
Dr. Dias has been affiliated with Mather Hospital as a referring and practicing mental health treatment professional for nearly 20 years. She joined the One Enchanted Evening Committee in 2008 and has served on the Silent Auction Sub-Committee and as journal chairwoman. In 2005, Dr. Dias was a featured guest speaker/breast cancer survivor at Mather Hospital’s annual Victory Day.
Richard S. Litman, MD
Dr. Litman has been an attending on staff at Mather Hospital since 1979 and Section Chief of Otolaryngology (ENT) since 1985. He received his medical doctorate from Wake Forest University and completed his Residency in Otolaryngology at Albert Einstein Hospital and Medical School.
He moved to Long Island in 1976 and joined an existing solo practice. That two-doctor practice has now grown to be the largest ENT practice in Suffolk County with seven doctors, including his son, Craig.
Dr. Litman, who lives in Setauket, has published several papers in his specialty and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at both Albert Einstein Hospital and Medical School and SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Litman frequently lectures to his colleagues on various aspects of treatment for otitis media, sinusitis, rhinitis and other clinical issues in otolaryngology. He has been named one of “The Best Doctors in the New York Metro Area??? by the Castle Connolly Guide since 1994.
TRITEC Real Estate
Founded in 1986 by brothers Bob and Jim Coughlan and built on family values of integrity, honesty and sincerity. TRITEC has a 25-year history of acquiring, developing, constructing, financing, leasing, managing and disposing of real estate. Over the past five years, TRITEC has arranged institutional equity partnerships that have acquired or developed in more than $2 billion of real estate projects. The company has received the 2009 Commercial Developer of the Year Award as well as awards for the Top Education Development, the Top Mixed-Use Project from Long Island Business News.
TRITEC and the Coughlans have been major supporters of Mather Hospital for the past 15 years. In addition, they are involved with a number of non-profit organizations throughout Long Island including Hope House Ministries, St. Anthony's High School, Tomorrow's Hope, Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School and the Community Development Company of Long Island.
For more information on the Theodore Roosevelt Awards, the Community Honoree or the One Enchanted Evening gala, contact Terri Quinn at (631) 476-2723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality health care services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.
For further information about Mather Hospital, visit www.matherhospital.org